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Silver SOM's can be confusing so I will try to clarify this series. To my knowledge no silver SOM's were made before 1973 with the exception of two small size war year's medals in 1943 and 1944 issued to save metal for the war effort. Beginning with issue number 87 in 1973 the Society of Medalists began issuing both bronze and silver examples of each medal. Silver and silver medals were quite popular at this time and believing a large market existed each was labeled on the edge ONE OF A LIMITED ISSUE OF 700. However, actual demand proved much smaller than anticipated with no single issue reaching a published mintage more than 200. Consequently, the Silver medals were discontinued in 1979 as silver prices started to soar. But again there is an exception, this time it was the very popular T. Rex issue in 1992. Additionally silver examples were made of the Society's 40th Anniversary issue in 1970 and the Bicentennial issue in 1976.
Beginning sometime between 1973 and 1979, presumably closer to the former, the Society struck its numbers 1 through 70 in silver for the first time with the same edge markings as above. These examples appear to have been even less popular with most issues having a published mintages of 100 or less, sometimes much less. This may have been due to not being current or perhaps a higher issue prices.
I don't know the reason why silver issues 71 through 86 were never made. Maybe numbers 1 through 70 were issued at some set number each year and the clock simply ran out when the current silver series was discontinued in 1979.
This represents what I believe based on what I have learned over the years. If anyone has any further or more concrete information on this series, please let me know and I would be happy to share it with everyone. A good customer of mine informs me that he owns or has seen examples of 122, 126 and 129 in silver.
Pictures are stock pictures of medals of the same type and design.